Rayonier Advanced Materials (NYSE: RYAM) and Cytec Industries (NYSE:CYT) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, profitabiliy, institutional ownership, risk, dividends and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Rayonier Advanced Materials and Cytec Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Rayonier Advanced Materials 7.27% 37.41% 4.46%
Cytec Industries 11.96% 18.60% 8.55%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Rayonier Advanced Materials and Cytec Industries, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Rayonier Advanced Materials 1 2 3 0 2.33
Cytec Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A

Rayonier Advanced Materials currently has a consensus target price of $18.40, suggesting a potential upside of 12.88%. Given Rayonier Advanced Materials’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Rayonier Advanced Materials is more favorable than Cytec Industries.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Rayonier Advanced Materials and Cytec Industries’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Rayonier Advanced Materials $852.42 million 0.83 $226.31 million $1.23 13.25
Cytec Industries N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Rayonier Advanced Materials has higher revenue and earnings than Cytec Industries.

Dividends

Rayonier Advanced Materials pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Cytec Industries does not pay a dividend. Rayonier Advanced Materials pays out 22.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Rayonier Advanced Materials has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

87.9% of Rayonier Advanced Materials shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.1% of Rayonier Advanced Materials shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Rayonier Advanced Materials beats Cytec Industries on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Rayonier Advanced Materials

Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. is engaged in the production of cellulose specialties. The Company’s product lines include cellulose specialties and commodity products. Its products are used in manufacturing processes. The Company’s products are sold throughout the world to companies for use in various industrial applications, and to produce a range of products, including cigarette filters, foods, pharmaceuticals, textiles and electronics. The Company focuses on producing various forms of cellulose specialties products, such as cellulose acetate and cellulose ethers. The Company’s production facilities are located in Jesup, Georgia and Fernandina Beach, Florida. The Jesup plant can produce cellulose specialties or commodity products using both hardwood and softwood in a pre-hydrolyzed kraft or high potential of hydrogen (pH) cooking process. The Fernandina Beach plant can produce cellulose specialties or commodity products using softwood in a sulfite or low pH cooking process.

About Cytec Industries

Cytec Industries Inc. is a global specialty materials and chemicals company focused on developing, manufacturing and selling value-added products. The Company offers aerospace and industrial materials, mining and plastics industries. The Company operates through four segments: Aerospace Materials, Industrial Materials, In Process Separation, and Additive Technologies. The Aerospace Materials segment includes advanced composites, carbon fiber, and structural film adhesives. The Industrial Materials segment includes structural composite materials, which serve automotive, motorsports, recreation, tooling, and other structural materials markets and process materials, which serves aerospace, wind energy, and other process materials markets. The In Process Separation segment includes mining chemicals and phosphines. The Additive Technologies segment includes polymer additives, specialty additives, and formulated resins. The Company operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Solvay.

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